Farah understands who is boss: Taylor

Robbie Farah understands it is Mitchell Moses and Luke Brooks who now run the Wests Tigers, according to coach Jason Taylor.


Farah will play his first NRL game of the season against Parramatta on Easter Monday, after missing the opening three rounds due to a knee injury.

The Tigers have impressed without Farah, in particular Moses, who has emerged as one of the NRL’s leading playmakers early in the season.

The match will be Farah’s first since the NSW No.9 stepped down from the captaincy and sorted out his feud with Taylor.

And it is a different Tigers set-up Farah is stepping into from the last decade.

“The way we have played has developed from the start of last season to this point and has been a continual development, slowly but surely the halves have got more confidence,” Taylor said at the Tigers’ captain’s run at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.

“But it is clear we want to get them the ball and to be in charge and Robbie understands that.

“Robbie also understands that when he sees an opportunity to play the best footy that Robbie Farah can play, we want him to do that.

“We have to find that balance. It is about the synergy of the team, getting the pieces to get it together.”

Farah is likely to start on the bench against the Eels.

“We will let you guys know what the team is an hour before the game. Those are the rules,” Taylor said.

The former Parramatta and South Sydney mentor welcomed the timing of Farah’s return.

“Robbie is in a good head space,” he said.

“We have lost Chris Lawrence for a week (through suspension) so Robbie coming in is perfect timing.

“That means Dene Halatau can play some back-row for us.

The Tigers suffered their first defeat of the season to Gold Coast last week after wins over the Warriors and Manly.

Parramatta handed Canterbury their first defeat of the year last week and are 2-1 after a loss to Brisbane and a win over North Queensland. Manu Ma’u returns from suspension for the Eels, pushing Kenny Edwards onto the bench and David Gower to 18th man.


* This is the third meeting between these sides on Easter Monday, with the Tigers winning on each of the previous two occasions.

* This is the first time Parramatta has been 2-1 to start the season since 2009, when they last played in the grand final.

* The Tigers have a poor recent record at ANZ Stadium, winning just seven of 22 matches there since 2011.

Source: Fox Sports stats

Easter treat arrives at space station

The six astronauts at the International Space Station got an early Easter treat with the arrival of a supply ship full of fresh food and experiments.


Instead of the usual bunny, Saturday’s delivery came via a swan – Orbital ATK’s Cygnus capsule, named after the swan constellation. The cargo carrier rocketed away from Cape Canaveral on Tuesday night.

NASA astronaut Timothy Kopra used the station’s big robot arm to grab the capsule, as the two craft soared 400km above the Indian Ocean. “Excellent work, gentlemen,” Mission Control radioed.

Four hours later, the capsule was bolted firmly to the complex.

It’s the first of three shipments coming up in quick succession.

A Russian cargo ship will lift off Thursday, followed by a SpaceX supply run on April 8. NASA has turned to private industry to keep the space station stocked.

The newly arrived Cygnus holds nearly 3600kg of groceries, equipment and research items.

Among the newfangled science: robotic grippers modelled after geckos’ feet and the ingredients for a large-scale, controlled fire.

A commercial-quality 3-D printer is packed inside as well; anyone will be able to order prints, for a price, from the Made In Space company.

Virginia-based Orbital ATK hints Easter eggs may also be on board.

The blaze – confined to a box inside the Cygnus – won’t be set until the capsule departs in May with a load of rubbish.

NASA researchers want to see how fast the cotton-fibreglass fabric burns, in hopes of improving future spacecraft safety. Following the experiment, the capsule will burn up, for real, during re-entry.

As it turns out, the Cygnus had an out-of-the-ordinary ride to orbit.

The first-stage booster of the normally reliable unmanned Atlas V rocket stopped firing six seconds early, and the upper stage had to compensate by burning a minute longer, to get the capsule in the right orbit.

Rocket maker United Launch Alliance has delayed its next launch, a military satellite mission, to figure out what went wrong.

Dizzy Nadal retires in Florida heat, Murray moves on

Nadal trailed 94th-ranked Damir Dzumhur 2-6 6-4 3-0, with the Bosnian 30-15 up on serve, when he called it a day.


It was the first time Nadal had quit during a match since a quarter-final against Murray at the 2010 Australian Open.

“Everything was fine until the end of the first set,” Nadal said. “Then I started to feel dizzy, not very good. It was getting worse and worse.

“I wanted to finish the match, but I seriously could not. It was tough, because I felt I was playing well. I stopped because I was concerned for my health.”

Nadal twice called for a trainer, and had his blood pressure checked on the second occasion, but resumed play both times after a short break.

Dzumhur was also affected by the heat early in the match and was the first to call a trainer, but he battled on and after a poor first set eventually gained control to post his first career victory against a world top-10 player.

In the night session, Briton Murray had a heated exchange with the chair umpire en route to a 6-3 7-5 victory over Uzbek Denis Istomin.

Murray faced break point at 2-2 in the second set when he noticed that a women’s ball had somehow got into the mix. Women use different balls at the Miami Open, and they have a red stamping to differentiate them.

“That’s unbelievable. That’s one of the women’s balls. I could have just hit a shot with it,” Murray complained.

Though the rogue ball was removed from play, Murray was clearly flustered and netted a groundstroke in the next rally to lose the game.

Murray then gave the umpire another earful.

“It’s not right. Do you know how different the balls are?” he asked.

The umpire said he was fully aware but could do nothing about what had transpired.

“The point stands. It’s the same for both,” he said.

Murray then settled down, immediately broke back and closed out the match without further incident.

Number four Stan Wawrinka was the highest seed to lose on Saturday after the Swiss was sent packing 6-4 6-3 by Russian Andrey Kuznetsov, who saved eight break points.

Sixth seed Kei Nishikori of Japan moved on after beating Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-2 7-6(4).

(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Toby Davis/Peter Rutherford)

Wilkinson’s strong year continues at Bells

Australian Matt Wilkinson has continued his flying start to the World Surf League season by storming into the fourth round of the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach.


Full of confidence on Sunday after claiming his first WSL win last week on the Gold Coast, the 27-year-old rode the momentum into a dominant round-three victory over American Kanoa Igarashi.

Wilkinson enjoyed great success at the iconic Victorian venue as a junior but until now he’d never moved out of the third round at the top level.

“I’ve always thought that this wave really suits me,” said Wilkinson, who hails from the NSW Central Coast.

“I’ve always come into this event feeling really good and as a junior I won a few events down here.

“Maybe I got a little too excited and I always seemed to get one big score and lost after needing a three (point ride) or doing something stupid.

“This year I’ve been trying to get rid of those mistakes.”

Wilkinson dominated his match-up with Igarashi, getting two high-scoring waves early on and winning 15.47 to 8.37.

“The first wave I finished really strong and every wave after that I started strong and fell off on my last turn,” he said.

“I can hold back on that last turn and make sure I get it done.

“One of the scores would have been a bit higher if I had just settled down and made sure I finished it.”

Julian Wilson was the other Australian round-three winner on Sunday in a 12.44 to 9.67 victory over Brazilian Miguel Pupo.

Hawaiian Mason Ho caused a boilover victory in the final round-three encounter of the day.

Ho caught the highest-scoring wave of the heat in the dying seconds to claim a 15.10 to 14.33 win over reigning world champion Adriano de Souza of Brazil.

The other third-round winners on Sunday were Brazilians Italo Ferreira and Wiggolly Dantas and American Nat Young.

Australian stars Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson, and 11-time world champ Kelly Slater of the US have yet to contest their third-round match-ups.

Slater stayed alive in an event he has won four times by winning a cut-throat second-round encounter against teen wildcard Timothee Bisso from the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe on Sunday morning.

The 44-year-old Slater won the first of his four Bells titles in 1994 – before Bisso was born.

Vigil held for Muslim shopkeeper killed in ‘religiously prejudiced’ attack

A vigil has been held in Glasgow for a well-respected Muslim shopkeeper who was killed in what police are treating as a “religiously prejudiced” attack.


Only hours before his death on Thursday night Asad Shah had wished Christians a happy Easter in a social media post, and he had previously appeared to speak out against violence.

He was found seriously injured outside his shop in the Shawlands area of Glasgow and pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.

A Muslim man has been arrested over his death.

Around 150 people gathered on Saturday in the rain to pay their respects to the 40-year-old, as floral tributes continued to be laid close to where he was found.

Moved to be one of hundreds tonight as Shawlands united in grief for Asad Shah and support for his family. 长沙桑拿,长沙SPA,/W3CmFkW7X8

— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) March 25, 2016

The event, organised by local teenagers on social media, followed a vigil on Friday night attended by a crowd of around 400-500 people, including Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Aleesa Malik, 17, said Shah had taken the effort to care for every customer.

“He would want to know how are you, what are you doing. He took an interest in everyone’s lives – old, young, anyone.

“You could be any colour, that would not be an issue for him, he just cared too much.”

Nabah Younis, 16, said she had been visiting the shop since she was a young girl.

She described Shah as a “lovely guy”.

Commenting on organising the vigil, she said: “I just felt for the amount of support Mr Shah gave us – us as in Glasgow, Glasgow had to give something in return, and that is exactly what we are doing.”

She said messages of support had been sent on social media from all over the UK, and further afield.

“It feels warmer knowing that there is so much support, from young people to old people, people not even from this area, and people who had not even met Mr Shah,” she added.

“The community have reacted – he has brought everybody together.

Moved to be amongst hundreds at vigil for Asad Shah. Known to us all. Thoughts & prayers with family & friends #RIP pic.twitter长沙桑拿按摩论坛,/DSEcZv3XGG

— Tasmina Sheikh MP (@TasminaSheikh) March 25, 2016

Kyrgios cruises into Miami third round

Nick Kyrgios advanced to the third round at the Miami Open on a day where multiple grand slam champions Stan Wawrinka and Rafael Nadal fell by the wayside.


Kyrgios made short work of Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, defeating the one-time Australian Open finalist 6-2 6-1 in just under an hour, the Aussie firing down 14 aces in the impressive victory.

Kyrgios was seeded to face big-serving American John Isner but the world No.13 became yet another surprise casualty, going down to countryman and world No.132 Tim Smyczek 6-2 2-6 7-6 (7-5).

Kyrgios’ quarter of the draw is now wide open and, if he beats Smyczek, he is certain to face a player ranked below him for a spot in the quarter-finals.

While Kyrgios made it through, there was no such luck for fellow Australian John Millman, who fell 7-5 6-4 in his second-round match to Uruguayan 23rd seed Pablo Cuevas.

On a mixed day for the Aussies, it was a shocker for two of tennis’ biggest names, Wawrinka humbled and Nadal unwell in the Florida heat.

Nadal faded and retired after falling behind in the third set of his match against Bosnian Damir Dzumhur.

The fifth seed trailed 2-6 6-4 3-0 when he called it quits after losing a point to fall behind 30-15.

He had earlier consulted with a trainer at his chair between games three times, and had his blood pressure checked.

The match lasted less than two hours, but the weather was sunny and humid, with a temperature approaching 90 degrees and even higher on the stadium hardcourt.

Nadal said he started feeling ill at the end of the first set.

“It was getting worse and worse and worse,” Nadal said.

“I get a little bit scared – too dizzy. I felt I was not safe, so I decided to go. I wanted to finish the match, but I seriously couldn’t.”

The 14-time grand slam champion hasn’t won a tournament since August, but it had been 443 matches since he retired – in the 2010 Australian Open quarter-finals against Andy Murray.

The heat also appeared to bother Dzumhur, who consulted with a trainer following the first set.

Nadal’s departure left the draw without three of the five highest-seeded men.

Wawrinka earlier suffered a shock 6-4 6-3 loss to world No.51 Russian Andrey Kuznetsov and world No.3 Roger Federer withdrew on Friday because of a stomach virus.

Kei Nishikori defeated qualifier Pierre-Hughes Herbert 6-2 7-6 (7-4) while Milos Raonic, the runner-up at Indian Wells, beat Denis Kudla 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 to also advance and he will play Jack Sock in the third round.

In-form Frenchman Gael Monfils is also through to the third round after a comfortable 6-3 6-2 win over Japanese qualifier Tatsuma Ito.

Second seed Murray progressed 6-3 7-5 over Denis Istomin in the night match and will play Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the third round.

Dimitrov earlier squeaked past Argentine Federico Delbonis 7-6 (10-8) 4-6 6-4.

Doubts at bombers’ Nigerian kidnap claims

Nigeria’s government doubts that two girls who were arrested while attempting to carry out a suicide bombing in Cameroon were among the 219 Nigerian school girls kidnapped by Islamic insurgents in 2014.


The doubts arose after it emerged that the girls, captured by a civilian security group in the town of Mora in Far North region late on Friday, were about 10 years old, spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu said in a statement late on Saturday.

“One of the two is also believed to be heavily drugged and therefore not in full control of her senses,” Shehu said.

Nigeria’s Minister of Women’s Affairs Aisha Alhassan and the Nigerian high commissioner in Cameroon are working with Cameroonian authorities to determine the girls’ identities, he said.

The arrested girls are due to be brought to Cameroon’s capital, Yaounde, on Monday.

“The Nigerian High Commission will receive the two and will facilitate their access to the two girls once permission to meet and verify their identity is obtained from the Cameroonian authorities,” Shehu said.

The girls were apprehended while they were walking towards a crowded area with explosive devices around their waists late on Friday.

“The vigilance committee members forced the bombers to switch off their devices,” senior divisional officer for the Mayo-Sava Division, Babila Akao, told dpa.

“One of them escaped and the two others were transported on motorbikes to Mora where they were grilled by security forces.” During the questioning the girls told security officials that they were among the group kidnapped in 2014.

Some 276 girls were kidnapped from Chibok Secondary School by Boko Haram on April 14, 2014. A group of 57 of them escaped shortly after the attack. The rest, 219 of them, have not been seen since.

Thousands of young women and girls have been captured by Boko Haram since it launched its insurgency in 2009.

In some cases they have been raped, forcibly married, trained to fight and made to participate in armed attacks, sometimes on their own towns and villages, according to human rights group Amnesty International.

Cameroon and Morocco closer to Nations Cup qualification

Youssef El Arabi converted a 26th-minute penalty as Morocco won 1-0 at Cape Verde Islands, the leading African team in the world rankings, to go three points clear in Group F as they kept up a 100 percent record.


Renard, who has won two of the last three Nations Cup titles, was appointed Badou Ezaki’s successor last month.

Leaders Cameroon maintained a five-point advantage over third-placed South Africa in Group M after the two former champions slugged it out for a 2-2 draw in Limbe.

Nicolas N’koulou scored the second for Cameroon, playing their first game under new coach Hugo Broos, after Hlompho Kekana had put South Africa 2-1 up early in the second period with a remarkable effort from inside his own half.

Saturday’s ties, marking the halfway point of qualifying for the 2017 finals in Gabon, also yielded victories for Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Namibia, Senegal and small Indian Ocean island nations Mauritius and Seychelles.

Jonathan Pitroipa’s penalty handed Burkina Faso a 1-0 win over Uganda and a share of top spot in Group D alongside their opponents.

Democratic Republic of Congo are first in Group B after beating Angola 2-1 in front of 90,000 fans in Kinshasa thanks to a first-half penalty by Cedric Bakambu and a second-half scorcher from substitute Elia Meschack.

Angola replied with a late penalty.

Senegal have a 100 percent record after overcoming Niger 2-0 in Dakar with goals from Mohamed Diame and Oumar Niasse while Group K rivals Namibia triumphed 3-1 in Burundi.

Mauritius beat Rwanda 1-0 and Seychelles also had a rare victory, 2-0 at home to Lesotho.

Qualifiers continue on Sunday through until Tuesday by which time four of the six rounds of preliminaries will have been completed.

(Editing by Tony Jimenez; [email protected]长沙桑拿按摩论坛,; +27828257807; Reuters Messaging: Reuters Messaging: mark.gleeson.thomsonreuters长沙桑拿按摩论坛,@reuters长沙夜网,)

Shock over SA nurse’s murder

A man has been charged with the murder of popular outback nurse Gayle Woodford, prompting calls for improved welfare for remote healthcare workers.


Ms Woodford’s body was found in a shallow, roadside grave a short distance from the remote South Australian community Fregon on Saturday, four days after she was last seen about 9.40pm on Wednesday.

A Mimili man, 36, who was arrested and charged with vehicle theft on Thursday after police stopped a local ambulance normally driven by Ms Woodford near Coober Pedy, was then charged with murder on Sunday.

Another man and a woman who were also in the ambulance have not been charged.

Forensic investigators spent Sunday making their way to the site where Ms Woodford’s body was found.

The death of the 56-year-old nurse has shocked the tight-knit remote healthcare community.

She had worked for the Nganampa Health Council for more than five years.

The council’s medical director Paul Torzillo told ABC Ms Woodford was held in high regard and his organisation was focusing on supporting her husband, family and colleagues.

“Gayle was a loved, incredibly popular and extremely competent nurse with our organisation for a long period of time,” he said.

Remote healthcare association CRANAplus executive officer Christopher Cliffe told AAP many people in the industry were “very angry and upset” over Ms Woodford’s disappearance and death.

“Even if you didn’t know Gayle herself, you know people who know her, it’s a very small group of highly skilled health professionals and it’s tightly knit, it’s such a horrific tragedy to occur,” he said.

Mr Cliffe said while it was too early to know the exact circumstances surrounding Ms Woodford’s death, there had been safety concerns for remote healthcare workers for some time.

He said the vulnerability of clinicians needed to be recognised and workers should not be allowed to work at posts alone to ease the stress of isolation and workload.

A change长沙楼凤, petition has also been started calling for the abolition of single nurse posts, with more than 12,000 supporters by Sunday evening.

Following the discovery of the body on Saturday afternoon, Superintendent Des Bray told reporters the “worst fears were realised”.

“Gayle, I’m told, was a much loved person here, so this is devastating news not just for Fregon but for the whole APY community,” he said.

Day back to No.1, hunts more victories

Jason Day is assured of being world No.


1 again but he won’t be satisfied unless he cements it by taking out the World Golf Championships Match Play.

With 3&2 wins over Brandt Snedeker and Brooks Koepka Day surged into a mouth-watering and highly anticipated semi-final showdown with world No.3 Rory McIlroy on Sunday, ensuring he will overtake Jordan Spieth at golf’s summit.

But getting the ranking is not enough for the 28-year-old who wants to solidify it into the Masters and dominate it as long as possible.

“To be able to get back to No.1 in the world is fantastic. But I wasn’t really focusing on it because I know that winning takes care of everything,” Day said.

“I’ve got two more matches to try and win and I’m really trying to focus on that because I really want to win this tournament.

“If I want to stay on top I have to win. It would be really fantastic to be able to go into Augusta as No. 1 in the world. That would be really exciting for me.”

If Day finishes fourth in Austin his third stint at the top could be short-lived as he will move just fractions ahead of Spieth and the American is playing the Houston Open next week.

If Day is second or third he will have a better chance of retaining it but if he wins he will assure himself of driving down Magnolia Lane as the game’s top dog.

“You’ve got to embrace it. You’ve got to enjoy that,” Day said.

“I enjoy those moments because it can only make me better. To be able to get that feeling walking around there as No.1 would be a pretty cool feeling.”

To win the event he first must get through McIlroy, the defending champion who has now gone 12 matches without a loss over two years.

Day, won the event in 2014, which adds to the magnitude of the semi-final shootout.

“I know Rory is going to be a tough opponent. He always hits it the great. It’s definitely going to be a difficult match,” Day said.

“But I’m excited about the challenge of trying to beat Rory.”

On Wednesday a bulging disk in his back almost took Day out of the tournament so the fact he has played 19 holes less than McIlroy over the five matches should come in handy.

“Any sort of advantage I can take, I need against him,” Day said.

“He’s obviously a fit looking bloke, so I don’t think he’s going to have any trouble with that.

“I’ve got to make sure I’m sharp and I’ve got to come out on top and make sure I don’t miss any information out there and focus on just giving every shot a hundred per cent.”

The Northern Irishman, who took out Zach Johnson and Chris Kirk to advance, was also happy with the big time match-up.

“I relish it,” McIlroy said.

“He’s playing really well at the minute, coming off a win last week. I’ll be really up for it. It’s a big match.”

Day originally went to No.1 by winning the BMW Championship last year before losing it a week later when Spieth won the Tour Championship.

He reclaimed it for three weeks in the offseason, losing it again on November 8, but will officially take it back on Monday.

Should he hoist the trophy on Sunday it would be a ninth US tour win and an incredible sixth win in his last 13 starts.

It would also be the second time this season an Australian has won in back-to-back weeks after he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week.

Adam Scott won the Honda Classic and WGC Cadillac Championship in successive weeks.

The other semi-final will be between Spain’s Rafa Cabrera Bello and South African Louis Oosthuizen.